|George Volkoff and Neutron Stars - Patrick Bruskiewich|
George Volkoff and J. Robert Oppenheimer laid the foundation for our understanding of neutron stars in a 1939 paper. This article, the first of three about Dr. George Volkoff, describes his work on neutron stars and the Oppenheimer-Volkoff Equation of state for neutron stars. Had Oppenheimer lived a few months longer it is speculated Volkoff and Oppenheimer would have shared the 1967 Nobel Prize in Physics with Hans Bethe...
Keywords: Neutron Stars; George Volkoff; Oppenheimer Volkoff equation; UBC; CUPJ; cupj
|To Boldly Go, as Canadians Always Do, ICEOO - Patrick Bruskiewich|
A look at Canadian's contribution to space research and a challenge to the Community of Nations to create a new UN Organization, ICEOO, the International Civil Earth Observation Organization. ICEOO is designed to assist the United Nations Security Council in its work in areas of conflict resolution and disaster management. Canada was the third nation into space after Russia and the United States and have played an important role in Communications and SAR Satellite developments...
Keywords: Canada and Space; Radarsat; ICEOO; the International Civil Earth Observation Organization; CUPJ; cupj
|George Volkoff and reactor physics in Canada - Patrick Bruskiewich|
George Volkoff, along with Fermi and Weinberg, is one of the three fathers of nuclear reactor theory. During the second world war Volkoff worked with the Montreal Theory Group developing heavy water reactor theory. The first attempt to build a function reactor was made in Canada nearly a year before Fermi undertook his Chicago experiments. The Ottawa failed due to a lack of sufficient material of adequate purity...
Keywords: Volkoff; Fermi; reactor theory; nuclear reactors in Canada; ZEEP; NRX; NRU; Chalk River; CUPJ; cupj
|The Parity Operator for the Quantum Harmonic Oscillator - Patrick Bruskiewich|
In undergraduate quantum mechanics parity is introduced with the creation and annihilation operators (the Fock representation) for the one dimensional quantum harmonic oscillator. In this paper a pedagogical approach is taken to derive the parity operator in terms of this operator formalism.
Keywords: Parity Operator; Quantum Harmonic Oscillator. creation operator; annihilation operator; Fock representation; CUPJ; cupj
|The Lorentz Invariant Measure and the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle - Patrick Bruskiewich|
A novel approach to the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle is presented in this paper in a fashion that directly links Special Relativity and Quantum Theory from first principles. The traditional approach to non-relativistic quantum mechanics is primarily didactic. The basic axioms of the theory are introduced, along with the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle and simple systems like the Quantum Harmonic Oscillator are elucidated...
Keywords: Lorentz Invariant Measure; Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle; Special Relativity; CUPJ; cupj, Pythagoras Publishing
|Euler's Treat - Patrick Bruskiewich|
Leonard Euler (1707-1783) was the leading mathematician of his age. One of his more endearing contributions to mathematics was his equation equating of the natural exponent of a complex function to the cosine and sine function, known as Euler's Treat. This little paper was written with Mr. Andrew Jarvis, who is now at RMC in Kingston.
Keywords: Euler's Treat; exponential; complex number; cosine and sine; CUPJ; cupj, Pythagoras Publishing
|The Time Reversal Operator and the Quantum Harmonic Oscillator - Patrick Bruskiewich|
In this paper, a pedagogical introduction to the Time Reversal Operator Î for the one-dimensional quantum harmonic oscillator (QHO) is presented. Time does not appear as a Hermitian Operator in Schrodinger's equation such as the position or the momentum operator does, time is merely a parameter. It is shown that the Time Reversal Operator Î is equal to K, the complex conjugate operator for the QHO.
Keywords: Time Reversal Operator; Quantum Harmonic Oscillator; Quantum Mechanics; CUPJ; cupj, Pythagoras Publishing
|The Period of a Simple Pendulum, an elementary derivation without calculus - Patrick Bruskiewich|
In this article the period of a simple pendulum is derived using pre-calculus kinematics. This heurtistic approach is a good introduction to for non-calculus students to the kinematics of a simple pendulum. Mention is made of the early experiments of Leonardo da Vinci and of Galileo Galilei. Lagrange and Einstein.
Keywords: Period of a Simple Pendulum; Galileo; non-calculus; CUPJ; cupj, Pythagoras Publishing
|Cancer, no other word causes more dread in the heart of men ... - Patrick Bruskiewich|
Cancer claims the lives of ten million people around the world each year and there are few medical procedures available to properly diagnose and treat the disease. This September 2008 editorial which first appeared in the Canadian Undergraduate Physics Journal looks at the NRU crisis, the design shortfalls of the 10 MW thermal MAPLE reactors, and several proposals on how one can deal with the NRU crisis, the MAPLE shortfalls and expanded SPECT radioisotope production using Canadian made cyclotro...
Keywords: SPECT radioisotope production; NRU; Maple Reactor; cyclotron; CUPJ
|A Physics Education Challenge for Canada's Premiers - Patrick Bruskiewich|
An editorial from the September 2007 edition of the Canadian Undergraduate Physics Journal challenging Canada's Provincial Premiers to make physics education a priority in schools across the country. A special thanks is given to the Hon. Jean Charest for his past and continued support for science and industrial policy in Canada and for his assistance to get a Canadian made TR-19 cyclotron installed at the CUSE site in Sherbrooke Quebec.
Keywords: Physics Education; education challenge; Jean Charest; TR cyclotron; CUPJ
|Ralph Sultan, Mining the Mind a most precious resource (An Interview) - Patrick Bruskiewich|
A November 2009 interview of Dr. Ralph Sultan, MLA for West Vancouver in the Legislature of British Columbia first published in the Canadian Undergraduate Physics Journal. Dr. Sultan is an engineer and Harvard economist by training, a UBC alumni as well as a Harvard alumni. Of special note are his recollections about the AVRO Arrow and the "Wet Wing Controversy", The AVRO engineers could not find a sealant that could seal the wing tanks on the Arrow because of the dynamic loading and heating iss...
Keywords: Ralph Sultan; BC Legislature; UBC; Harvard; Avro Arrow; CUPJ
|An Accelerator Based Temporary Solution to the Medical Isotope Problem - Patrick Bruskiewich|
This is a reprint of an article by Kate Montgomery which appeared in the Spring 2010 edition of the Canadian Undergraduate Physics Journal. The article describes how a proton cyclotron bombarding an enriched moly-99 target can produce tech-99m by a p, 2n reaction. The excitation curve for this nuclear reaction is included in the article. The creator of this archived work was a consultant on this paper and provided the background physics to Ms...
Keywords: Technetium 99; Molybdenum 99; SPECT; Isotope; cyclotron; NRU; radiopharmaceutical; CUPJ
|George Volkoff, UBC and the TRIUMF Project (the Lost Wheeler Letter and the Oppenheimer Hearings) - Patrick Bruskiewich|
This third article about George Volkoff describes his contributions to the University of British Columbia (UBC) and TRIUMF, Canada's National Accelerator Laboratory on the south campus of UBC. Included in this articles are stories, derived from primary sources, about Einstein, Leopold Infeld, Frederick Kaempffer, and Professor Opechowski (Pritchard should read Pickard in this article). Of special note are the comments by I.I...
Keywords: Volkoff; TRIUMF; I.I. Rabi; Edward Teller; hydrogen bomb; the lost Wheeler letter; the Oppenheimer Hearings; John Wheeler; CUPJ; cupj
|An editorial, Always be a Good Samaritan, God, Queen and Country - Patrick Bruskiewich|
What it means to be a good Samaritan, particularly when you are a naval officer, a gentleman, a diplomat and a scholar. Some lessons that life has taught me after severely injuring my spine at sea while helping to save the life of an officer cadet. The four solemn duties of a Canadian Naval Officer: Protect the Realm, Serve Parliament, Respect International Law and Keep the Faith with those who Serve...
Keywords: Good Samaritan; four solemn duties of a Canadian Naval Officer; honour God; Queen and Country; keys to heaven or hell adage Richard Feynman; CUPJ; cupj
|An editorial, The Beginning of the End, growing up in the nuclear age - Patrick Bruskiewich|
This editorial was read in national capitals on the eve of North Korea's second nuclear test in 2009, reminding the world about the USS Pueblo seizure in January 1968, the Walker spy ring, and the K-129 mystery (the attempted illicit launch of a SLBM by a Soviet Golf submarine against Pearl Harbour in March 1968), as well as the contemporary assessment that the implicit goal of President Kim of North Korea is to develop nuclear weapons that can be used against naval ships and ports like Pearl Ha...
Keywords: Naval Quarantine of North Korea; UNSCR1718(2006); UNSCR1874(2009); Radarsat; K-129, Irish Eyes Summit, President Reagan, Prime Minister Mulroney, CUPJ. cupj
|Think Small ... Think Quantum Mechanics - Patrick Bruskiewich|
An April 2008 editorial in the Canadian Undergraduate Physics Journal about the wonders and potential of applied quantum mechanics. In the 20th century size and economies of scale have driven technology ... the future might be different. It may be left to high efficiency microstructures and nanotechnology to best define the 21st century. George Volkoff's Theory of Errors is included:" the first rule is to never make an error in a calculation because a second error might cancel out the first
Keywords: Think Smal; Think Quantum Mechanics; microstructures; nanotechnology; George Volkoff; Volkoff Theory of Errors; CUPJ, Pythagoras Publishing
|Marc Garneau, Canada's First Man in Space (An Interview) - Patrick Bruskiewich|
A January 2009 interview of Dr. Marc Garneau, Canada's First Man in Space first published in the Canadian Undergraduate Physics Journal. The achivist is one of two people who interviewed Dr. Garneau. Marc is a former RCN Naval Captain, a Canadian Astronaut, a former President of the Canadian Space Agency and now a Member of Parliament, Ottawa, Canada.
Keywords: Marc Garneau; Canada's First Man in Space; MP in Canada; CUPJ
|Canadian Undergraduate Physics Journal, April 2009 - Patrick Bruskiewich|
This is the April 2009 edition of the CUPJ. The editorial to this edition titled "the beginning of the end" was read in national capitols just prior to the 2009 full yield test of a nuclear weapon by North Korea. The author is one of the architects of UN Security Resolutions UNSCR1718(2006) and UNSCR1874(2009) which outline the Naval Quarantine of North Korea (see Proliferation - Hydra with many Heads)...
Keywords: CUPJ; Canadian Undergraduate Physics Journal; April 2009; Naval Quarantine of North Korea; editorial the beginning of the end; Anisotropy of CMB; Simple Derivation planetary orbits; Stefan Boltzman Law; Wien Displacement Law; Shelley Page CAP President, Pythagoras Publishing
|Canadian Undergraduate Physics Journal, January 2009 - Patrick Bruskiewich|
This is the January 2009 edition of the Canadian Undergraduate Physics Journal. This edition includes an interview of Canadian Astronaut and now Member of Parliament Marc Garneau as well as the historically significant article The U-2 and the Avro Arrow. Did you know that Canadian CF-86 Sabre jet pilots inadvertently downed an American U-2 over the skies of Europe in September 1956 ... killing Howard Carey the pilot? My editorial "To Boldly Go" recounts Canadian Space History and recommends the ...
Keywords: CUPJ; Canadian Undergraduate Physics Journal; January 2009; Interview Marc Garneau; The U-2 and the Avro Arrow; editorial To Boldly Go; ICEOO - The International Civil Earth Observation Organization; International Year of Astronomy, Pythagoras Publishing
|Canadian Undergraduate Physics Journal, Spring 2010 - Patrick Bruskiewich|
This is the spring 2010 edition of the Canadian Undergraduate Physics Journal. I was Editor in Chief of the CUPJ until then. The youngster who came after me were not able to keep the little journal that could in operation. It has been defunk since April 2010. As the most recently published EiC for this journal I feel the obligation to archive the journal for general use.
Keywords: Canadian Undergraduate Physics Journal; Spring 2010; Editorial Counting the years back five centuries; thanks to Queen Elizabeth; CAP; Student Affairs; Alpha Experiment; Cyclotron Production Tc-99m; SPECT; Kepler, CUPJ, Pythagoras Publishing